2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SV w/Prod. End 02/17 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
If you want a truck-truck, this is your ride. If you want some luxury-style, lots of bells and whistles and plan to use the bed once at year to get mulch for the yard or an occasional project, nope this isn't your cup of tea. The Frontier has changed much in the way of design and alot of car professionals that you might watch on YouTube complain about it being the old kid on the block, but truth be told, good cars and trucks don't have to change much in order to get the job done, just look at the Wrangler and Tacoma, both have long history's of very minor changes. The truck is on a ladder frame, there are lots of hard plastics inside of it and it gets poor mpg. But its a truck. It suppose to get dirty, have stuff tossed in the back of it, go off roading, camping, outdoor adventuring. While lots of people will complain about it because of its age, honestly that's what appealed to me about it. It's tough, it gets the job done and it's pretty rugged. The V6 Q40 engine is a proven workhorse that Nissan has used in many of it's line up over the years, if you do the regular maintenance you'll easily get 250k out of it, just look on AutoTrader/Craigslist. The tranny is outdated, its only a 5 speed auto, they could definitely put a 6-8 speed in it, but you can also get it in a manual, dude, that's awesome! While it's not as nice as the newer styled Tacoma, it rides very similar and offers just about the same level of comfort and features, lacking a touch screen though. I bought the Frontier because of the value, price and reliability of the engine and tranny. This truck is not at the top of it's class compared to many of the competitors but one thing I've learned when researching is that most of the professional reviews liked the truck and it's capability and seemed to be impressed by it still being a truck among a newer lineup of fluff-trucks.
The 4.0 V6 has good get up and go for a six. 4x4 is quick to activate, although would be better with an automatic engagement mode. Seats are comfortable. I love the cleat system in the box! Always a tie down where you need it! I have had several issues. Bad sensor in the climate control that took over a year to diagnose. Made the air start blasting, even in dead of winter! Replaced a leaking valve cover, overflow tank and radiator all under 15000 miles. Taking it back because still stinks of leaking coolant. Gas mileage isn't great. I average 17. Needs to be revamped. It is behind the times on options. It is a quiet ride for a truck. The old school steering is very tight to start, making turning the wheel a workout.
this is my fourth Frontier and my second new one I drive around 660 miles to and from work every eight days through some bad weather conditions and bad roads. ive had every truck there is out there and the frontier is the best ive driven .This one is a manual and I love to go through the gears. Only thing I don't like is they haven't changed it much hopefully in 2019
2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab S 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I have only owned my Frontier SV 4x4 for 2 weeks and am happy with my purchase so far . The only problems i have so far is a not centered steering wheel and a minor trim fit problem in the cab . The truck seems well built and a value considering the price compared to mid size Chevy and Toyota trucks which are rated better by writers but also cost a few thousand dollars more . I have the 4.0 V6 and the mileage is less than my previous 2011 Jeep Liberty Sport with a 3.7 V6 . But the Frontier SV is bigger engine wise and weight wise so it is to be expected . A lot of writers criticize the gas mileage of the Frontier compared to similar trucks by Toyota and Chevy . But if you research it . They all have smaller engines compared to the Nissan 4.0 V6 in the Frontier . So the critics of the Frontiers poor gas mileage have made a bad comparison in my opinion . The ride is better than a lot of cars . The off road abilities i have not checked out yet . Ground clearance looks good for off road use . All in all a nice truck at a nice price .